Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County's Veterans of Foreign Wars has found a permanent home in Ellsworth, and although there's still work to be done, things are coming along nicely. VFW Post 9060, which has 160 members from around Pierce County, bought the former United Methodist Church on Plum Street last October and has been holding monthly and committee meetings there ever since. "We haven't had a permanent home since we sold the bar," said Cmdr. Bill Bowen. About 20 years ago, the post sold the building it owned in Prescott.
MARTELL -- Most people slow down only a little as they travel Highway 63 through the tiny community of Martell. But there'll be something worth stopping for Saturday. A daylong fundraiser and community gathering will include a flea market, food, fireworks at dark and then a movie. "We're a small group, but we've got some momentum," said Julie Kenefick, a member of the Friends of the Martell Schoolhouse.
A National Teachers Association director and Ellsworth English and drama teacher announced her candidacy Tuesday for the 10th District Wisconsin Senate seat held by Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. During a Democratic Party event noon in Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wis., Shelly Moore, who lives in River Falls, announced she will oppose Harsdorf in the recall election expected this summer. "I am slightly disappointed but not surprised by this pick," said St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza in an email this morning.
"Not many can top this," declares a Los Angeles Times headline. A Twin Cities television report proclaims Tara Frey and her date will be "the prom's sweetest couple." A television network reporter says the River Falls High School senior won't have to worry that another girl will show up in the same dress.
Organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, say they expect to have no problem collecting more than the 15,744 signatures needed by May 2. A report filed Friday with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board shows the Committee to Recall Harsdorf has received $67,695 in donations and spent $67,156.
A week-old petition drive to force a recall election for state Sen.
Proposed legislation to require Wisconsin citizens to show photo identification each time they vote is either a good idea or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say local poll workers. The bill, introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature last week, mirrors Indiana's voter ID law which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said co-sponsor Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. This isn't intended to discourage or prevent people from voting, it's an attempt to make sure a voter is who he says he is, Harsdorf said.
Kitty Rhoades, who represented western Wisconsin's 30th District in the Assembly for 12 years, will be the new deputy secretary of the state's Department of Health Services, according to an announcement made Thursday afternoon. During a noontime press conference with out-state reporters, Scott Walker, who will take office as Wisconsin governor next Monday, announced his cabinet nominees as well as others who will take leading roles in his administration. Walker named Dennis Smith to lead the Department of Health Services. Smith has headed the U.S.
Nancy Hove handily defeated challenger Tom Gunderson to win a second term as Pierce County sheriff. A latecomer to the race - Oake Gregory, Plum City, a write-in candidate with no experience in law enforcement - finished well behind Hove and Gunderson. When the last results were reported early Wednesday morning, Hove had 6,456 votes to Gunderson's 4,700. Gregory had 144. Gunderson, who ran as an independent, had challenged his boss, Hove, a Democrat, for a four-year term as sheriff.
The question is: Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the state's segregated transportation fund? Voters in Pierce and 52 other counties will be asked to vote Nov. 2 on an advisory referendum suggesting Wisconsin make it unconstitutional to use its transportation fund for other purposes. Money in the fund comes from the gas tax consumers pay at the pump and from vehicle registration fees.